The story will continue soon, but first we need your help to find the Fox! The little boy will be sad to wake up without his friend.
To help us find the Fox:
And there is a reward! One lucky friend who helps us locate the Fox will win a $500 Honest gift card. (Official Rules)
The next time you’re at the park with your child or watching her sports team practice from the sidelines, squeeze in some fitness for yourself. The toning exercises below will sculpt you from head-to-toe and allow you to make the most of your busy schedule.
Sara Haley’s Daily Sweat Fall Outdoor Fitness Circuit: Pick and choose the exercises you like, or perform the exercises in the following order at least four times through for a fun and intensive workout.
HOP THE LINE: This cardiovascular drill targets the heart, plus the burpee provides some added core work.
FALL IS IN THE AIR: This exercise works your bottom, core, shoulders, and triceps — total body!
TREE PLANK CHALLENGE: This challenge works core, shoulders, glutes – another total body exercise!
We hope you worked up a sweat! Tell us how you fit in time to workout.
Sara Haley is an international fitness expert and creator of The Daily Sweat. She’s a certified trainer and instructor by the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), and has traveled the world teaching master classes and educating other fitness instructors and trainers. Sara helped develop programs for JUKARI, the branded workout series between Reebok and Cirque du Soleil, and created and starred in numerous Reebok & Gaiam DVD workout programs. Sara is most well-known for her best-selling pregnancy workout program, Expecting More®.
This post is solely for informational purposes. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for health advice. Before undertaking any course of exercise, you should seek the advice of your physician or other health care provider.
Although the Thanksgiving meal is all about rich and decadent ingredients, that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on health or flavor. The art of raw food preparation is a unique way to create beautiful desserts without settling — raw food desserts are often more filling and flavorful than the originals! You might be surprised how rich and decadent raw desserts made with chocolate taste compared to baked ones, or the creaminess of a pie made with nuts. These recipes surpass any cooked treat you could bring to the Thanksgiving table, in both nutrition and taste.
Pumpkin Pie with Shortbread Crust
This pie is a surprisingly authentic take on the classic without any of the refined or canned ingredients. We use carrot juice instead of pumpkin to mimic the flavor and color of pumpkin. It keeps well in the freezer so it can be made ahead — making it an ideal holiday treat!
½ cup shredded coconut
2 cups cashew flour
2 Tbsp agave
2 Tbsp powered sucanat or maple sugar
1 tsp vanilla 1 tsp salt
Directions: In a dry Vitamix make a flour out of the coconut flakes. Process to make as fine as possible. Then, in a food processor combine cashew flour, coconut flour, and remaining ingredients. Do not over blend, you want the mixture to be light but to hold together when pressed between your fingers. Press into 9-inch tart pan and chill until ready for use.
½ cup cashews
¾ cup agave
½ cup carrot juice
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 vanilla bean scraped
1 ½ tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
½ tsp ginger
pinch of cloves
¼ tsp salt
½ cup coconut oil liquefied
Directions: Blend all ingredients except for coconut oil until smooth. Slowly add coconut oil and continue to blend until well combined. Assembly: Pour filling into crust and refrigerate at least an hour before serving. Makes one 9” pie.
Banana Cacao Pudding Tart (nut free)
Makes 1 12- inch tart
¾ cup cacao powder
¾ cup fine oat flour, sifted
¼ cup dry coconut nectar crystals, sifted
¼ cup maple syrup
2 Tbsps coconut oil
Directions: Combine everything in a food processor, adding a little more oil, if necessary to get it to come together. Press into a greased 12-inch tart pan and chill to set. Make sure shells are set before making fillings.
½ cup coconut nectar crystals
1 Tbsp mesquite meal
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp salt
Directions: Combine everything in blender. Dehydrate in a big, shallow pan for 6-8 hours, until thick. Blend with ¼ cup coconut oil.
Chocolate Pudding Filling:
2 cups coconut meat
1/3 cup maple syrup
½ cup agave or coconut nectar
2 Tbsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp sea salt
½ cup cacao powder
Directions: In a Vitamix, blend the first five ingredients until totally smooth, stopping to scrape sides as necessary. Once smooth, add the cacao powder and blend until smooth.
Assembly: Take prepared shell and fill with a thin layer of banana filling. Freeze to set. Continue filling with chocolate pudding filling, making sure the top is totally smooth. Freeze to set, remove from metal shells. Serve chilled with banana chips or other garnish of you choice.
Our customers expect a lot from us, but we expect even more from ourselves. Our goal is always to “make things better.” It’s an all-encompassing, high-level brand ethos that challenges us to do our best every day in all things we do. It guides how we make our products, how we source raw materials, who we choose as partners, how we serve our customers, and much, much more. It’s everything — and it’s no easy task.
In our efforts to reach our comprehensive, unapologetically higher standards, we’ve learned we need to explore within and beyond our borders to find best-in-class partners. Whether it’s finding the best ingredients or the best manufacturing facilities, you just never know where you’re going to find partners who not only have the capabilities to meticulously craft the exceptional products we create, but also share our vision of creating a better world. As many of you have noticed, we’ve selected to make some of our products in China and that’s raised a few eyebrows and yellow flags with some of our customers.
With a history of product recalls, less than optimal working conditions, and deleterious environmental impacts, China’s overall reputation in the eyes of global consumers has been less than stellar. So, why would The Honest Company decide to source from China (with collaborators) or directly make our high standard, high quality Honest goods there? It’s a question we’ve gotten a few times — we’d ask, too! The decision-making process has been an eye-opening journey of deep investigation, relationship building, and weighing pros and cons, and today we’d like to share what we’ve learned and why we chose to make some of our products, like our Honest Wipes, in China.
1. Infrastructure & Efficiency
China has been a global hub for manufacturing for decades, and they’ve gotten really good at it. Their ability to create the infrastructure and systems to support and adapt to manufacturing needs is pretty much bar none. From material sourcing to shipping logistics, everything functions like a well-oiled machine creating unparalleled efficiency. One vital piece of this machine is the ability to quickly create injection molds and manufacturing lines for hard goods. It may make your eyes glaze over, but the engineers and contractors we found are like magicians, taking days or weeks as opposed to months or years to help us turn our vision into reality. That means we can test prototypes more efficiently and be nimble to customer requests for design refinements and new products.
For many of our hard goods (like our stroller or diaper caddy), if we were to make them domestically (which is always our primary objective!), we have found the end result would be far too expensive (for Honest and in turn our customers). And, at the end of the day, we are committed to ensuring that our eco-friendly, effective, natural products aren’t prohibitively expensive to you. We want to hit a level of accessibility that ALL families can afford, as we truly believe every baby deserves the best we can create for them. In the big picture, lower cost on some of these items means greater access, and we get to achieve our mission of education, helping more children and families, and providing more public benefit overall.
Even though we’re conscientious about cost (who isn’t?), it’s extremely important to note that we NEVER compromise on quality. We ask A LOT from our partners. They, like us, have to go the extra mile when it comes to safety, sustainability, labor practices, and more (read our Suppliers Code of Conduct). Our team on the ground in China is very hands-on to ensure every part of the process lives up to Honest standards.
A few examples:
They must source top quality raw materials from farms and partners close to the factories to minimize transportation and carbon footprint.
They must have on-site water purification methods to ensure the highest purity and filtration.
They must personally have a program for sustainability — best practices, goals, and processes.
They must recycle all scraps and waste materials.
They must meet all international good manufacturing standards, like GMPc, cGMP, ISO 9001: 2008, and exceed all fair labor practices.
Also, they have a comprehensive audit system in place (100% available to Honest and our third party audit teams) so they can continually monitor quality control protocols, fair labor practices, health and safety, compensation and work hours, environmental impacts, and more.
Even though we wouldn’t trust any old manufacturer in China, most have had to step it up in terms of quality to attract customers because Chinese labor costs are no longer the lowest in the world. And a small handful exceed all other global competition (like the ones we found). It’s a simple fact that just because there’s a stereotype, it doesn’t mean it’s universally applicable. All Chinese manufacturers are not created equal — just as all U.S., European, North and South American, and Asian manufacturers are not.
Ultimately, we realize there is more work to be done. The final piece of the puzzle we’re focused on is fulfilling our own commitment to sustainability and reducing the carbon footprint of importing goods that have to travel longer distances. To bridge that gap, we’re hard at work currently reviewing options for fully offsetting our carbon impact. Our goal is to have something in place in the next couple of months.
At The Honest Company, we never claim to be perfect, but we’re always trying to do things better. We don’t make any of these decisions lightly — our responsibility to you, your children, our children, and our children’s children is at the heart of everything we do and we take that very seriously. Hopefully, everything we’ve outlined here demonstrates how comprehensive our decision-making process is and how deliberate we are about every little detail.
Thank you for caring!